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In 1977, amateur filmmaker, Peter Ryde releases ‘Wranglepoise’, a charming video short, which brings the very human characteristics of the Anglepoise lamps  into the limelight. An orange model 90 plays a prominent role.

Several Anglepoise lamps appear in the thriller/detective film Brannigan from 1975 with John Wayne and Richard Attenborough.

Anglepoise Model 90 Task Light - Brannigan (1975)

Anglepoise Model 90 Task Light - Brannigan (1975)

An Anglepoise model 1227 lamp was used as a prop in the 1973 film Day Of The Jackal. Starring Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale.

Anglepoise Lamp Model 1227 - Day Of The Jackal (1973 film)


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Anglepoise Model 90 Task Light


Materials: Mushroom grey (beige) painted iron. Mushroom grey painted aluminium lampshade. 3 chromed metal springs. Some metal and plastic parts. Cast iron counterweight in the base. Green felt on the bottom. Bakelite socket.

Height: 65 cm / 25.59” – adjustable

Width:  45 cm / 17.71” – adjustable

Lampshade: 14,4 x 21 cm / 5.66 x 8.26”

Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. 

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: The internal design team of Anglepoise.

Manufacturer: Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd., later named Anglepoise Lighting Ltd., Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Other versions: Made in several colours. Produced with a switch on top of the lampshade and with a cord switch. The switch of this lamp was replaced by an 1990s model, unfortunately. The beige colour of this lamp was named “mushroom grey” at that time. Early versions (1973 – 1975) have the company name stamped in the metal. Later versions such as this one have a sticker in the lampshade.

Model 90

The Anglepoise model 90 lamp is a variation of the model 75 lamp from 1968. It came in production in 1973The successor to this lamp was the Apex 90 in 1985. The website of Anglepoise clearly explains the differences between the models.


Family company, Herbert Terry and Sons Ltd. is established in 1855, manufacturing springs and presswork. In 1932, when vehicle suspension engineer George Carwardine (1887 – 1947) invented a spring, crank and lever mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet would maintain its position once released, a blueprint for the first Anglepoise task lamp was born.

In 1971 Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd. was sold to the Associated Spring Corporation (today part of the Barnes group). In 1975 John Terry bought back the lighting part of the spring business to form the company Anglepoise Lighting Ltd.

The Anglepoise lamps have subsequently achieved iconic status. Over the years, the Anglepoise lamp has been developed under the careful watch of the founding Terry family, without ever losing sight of its primary function, and unique, characterful form.

From the creation of the Original 1227 lamp, to the development of extended collections by esteemed industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, to recent collaborations with renowned designers Paul Smith and Margaret Howell, incomparable British design remains at the heart of this progressive British brand.

Anglepoise model 75 task lights (the modern version, designed by Paul Smith) were used as a prop in the James Bond film Skyfall from 2012. Also models 1227 and 1228 were used as a prop.

Anglepoise model 75 task lights - James Bond Skyfall (2012)

The Soft Boys – (I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp (1978)

Peter Gabriel – Shock the Monkey (1982) – Dancing Anglepoise lamps

Anglepoise Task Light - Publicity

Many thanks to Kathryn of Anglepoise® for the enlightening information.